Style Upgrades: Ways to Kick Your Dining Room Up a Notch

Style Upgrades: Ways to Kick Your Dining Room Up a Notch

Dabney Frake
Nov 13, 2015
(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

The holidays are coming, and you might be thinking about your dining room a little more than usual. Here are seven ways to up the ante on your space, and give your style a serious boost before the guests come.

Trade Spaces: There’s no reason that the living room should get all the good stuff. Swap out the two rooms so your dining room has a fireplace, which makes for cozy and lingering meals this winter. I want to live in this room from Farrow & Ball.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

Maximize Comfort: You don’t want a visually appealing room that trades function for form. If you want to encourage long dinners with friends and family, make sure they’ll want to keep sitting there for long stretches. Incorporate some softness with sheepskin (like this one from Design Sponge, pillows if you can fit them, and perhaps a rug for the floor.

(Image credit: Bolig Magasinet)

Mix Up The Chairs: We get that you’re a minimalist and don’t want a bunch of stuff clogging up your space. But we’re also pretty sure that you don’t want your home to be boring. Switching out some of your chairs, and incorporating a little difference keep everyone on their toes. This combination from Bolig Magasinet have enough similarity to keep things cohesive.

Add Some Unexpected Humor: Dining rooms don't always have to be traditional, stuffy places that require — nay demand — impeccable manners and rigid postures. The easiest way to make things casual is to set a relaxed tone. Add funny art, or something else that's unexpected or ridiculous, like bales of hay for benches.

(Image credit: Home Adore)

Paint The Ceiling: Tackle the fifth wall and add a major amount of drama to the room. It doesn't have to be black, like this room from Home Adore, but the more saturated the bigger the statement.

(Image credit: THe Marion House Book)

...Or The Whole Room: That said, if you want to go dark and dramatic, like this room designed by Emma Reddington, I certainly would not stop you. This deep blue is totally delicious.

(Image credit: Elle Decor)
Splurge on Lighting: Statement chandeliers and pendants really set the mood for a meal. Since lighting in the dining room is so key, it’s also one of the best places to go a little crazy with your budget. This one from Lindsey Adelman, seen in Elle Decor, adds color, a sculptural element, and drama all in one fixture.
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